Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (244)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along your projects(s) and be part of the sharing going on in our Worldwide Quilting Community. Join in by leaving encouraging comments for the blog writers you visit via the links below.

How has your week been? We had very little snow here just a freezing East wind that made facemasks a practical outdoor accessory! Brrr! A good week for getting on with projects indoors. Yesterday I shared my first attempt at adding a flange into a border seam. I’m pleased with how it turned out. The Basket of Blooms applique block plus borders now measures 24″ square. I think that makes it a wall hanging rather than a cushion cover! I’ve cut backing fabric and a piece of wadding to size, ready to baste into a mini quilt sandwich. The plan is to hand quilt the background. I’m not sure how to fix it as a hanging… I don’t think I’ll add loops to hang it from a pole… So I’ll have to investigate other options. Do you have a favourite method for fixing fabric wall hangings to the wall?

I’ve received some happy post this week πŸ™‚ Several spools of 60wt Mettler thread to add to my small collection of applique/EPP threads and a copy of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. I took out the subscription when one of those ‘too good to miss’ deals flashed up on my Instagram feed. I have a vested interest in this title as one of my designs will feature in a forthcoming edition πŸ™‚ Should I take a bow? πŸ˜€

Thread buying was prompted by participation in the English Country Garden QAL. Today I settled down in front of my laptop with my basted EPP shapes and stitched along with Alison as she live-streamed her regular Saturday morning programme, Hexadoodle Quilts, on Twitch TV.

My EPP poppy.

Alison demonstrated how to whip stitch the pieces together and later showed how to use a printed template to accurately place the pieces on the background square. I’ve appliqued four leaves in place so far… This is a quilt-as-you-go project so once the shapes are stitched in position it will be time to make a sandwich and quilt the block. I haven’t decided on backing fabric yet…

My projects for this weekend are to baste the Basket of Blooms wall hanging and continue working on the applique stage of the English Country Garden Poppy block.

Here are the links to the patchwork quilting community, I hope you’ll be learning and finding inspiration with each click:

Melva’s long running series linking the letters of 2nd World War POWs to patchwork blocks is coming to a close. It has been fascinating to read about the aftermath of war described by first hand witnesses. In this post Melva shares a letter from a German ex-POW who returned to Germany longing to be reunited with his family only to end up in a Russian labour camp. All these letters shared by Melva are a raw reminder that the deprivations of war last many decades beyond the signing of a peace treaty.

The Happy Scrappy quilt pattern was shared by Alyce at the start of the pandemic as a way of uniting quilters from around the world. It was a gentle scrappy QAL designed for short bursts of stress-free piecing without the need to go out fabric shopping. Over 400 quilters took part! In this gallery post Alyce shares a few of the quilts and flimsies that have been completed – so many colour schemes and pattern adjustments to compare and enjoy πŸ™‚

Jayne has put in a sustained effort to de-clutter her sewing space. The results are striking and maybe an encouragement if you are thinking it’s time to tackle clutter around your sewing machine!

Lately I’ve been paying particular attention to applique projects and how they are quilted. Gretchen’s quilt top looks stunning. I especially like the way her quilted feathers weave behind the applique flowers. I’ve definitely been inspired!

Flying Geese are such a staple of patchwork and yet piecing these blocks can be quite a frustrating process. Yvonne Fuchs is into precision and her beautifully photographed No-Waste Flying Geese tutorial is full of tips to ensure the production of uniform, on-size Flying Geese. Well worth a careful read and a save to Pinterest!

Sandra hosts the monthly squirrel link up and of course she does this because she is prone to more than an occasional squirrel project! Her latest was inspired by a holiday photo – such as amazing beach scene – using a machine applique technique. Her mini-quilt clearly depicts the beach glass Sandra loves to collect. I wonder if anyone else will be inspired to try this technique taught by Allie @exhaustedoctupus?

Patchwork clothing is definitely ‘a thing’ right now. Lissa has cut into an old quilt to make a new jacket. That was brave but so much better than the intended destination for the quilt!

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday which has a heart theme in keeping with Valentines Day weekend.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (243)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and join in sharing with our Worldwide Quilting Community. Use the links below to find inspiration and friendship around our common passion of patchwork quilting. Please do leave comments on the pages you visit to encourage the writers and keep the sharing travelling around the world πŸ™‚ Thank you!

I’ve had quite a bit of variety to my sewing this week.

Project 1: A finished table runner shared here.

Project 2: Piecing a patchwork top a customer had lost the will to finish. A keen dress-maker this was her first patchwork project and… well… she discovered patchwork grows too slowly. The pattern is ‘Giraffes in a Row’ by Lorna McMahon aka Sew Fresh Quilts. When I unpacked the part-finished quilt top I was relieved to find the pink, red and yellow giraffes pieced and joined together. A start had been made on the green giraffe and most of the pieces had been cut ready for the blue and purple giraffes. The partially made green one was a good learning tool to get me understanding the pattern and figuring out how to order the pieces of the blue and purple giraffes (I made their heads first – kinda cute!).

I’ll find out in a day or two the customer’s decision re. quilting (it may be taken out of my hands at this point). In the meantime the flimsy is livening up my design wall πŸ™‚

Project 3: Basket of Blooms. Having whizzed through all that piecing of giraffes (there were A LOT of pieces) I felt ready for a change of gear. I took Friday as a rest day, ignored my ‘you ought to be doing a list of things‘ thoughts and settled to a restful day of hand applique. It really did feel like I’d taken a holiday: sat by the window stitching, musing and watching the garden birds enjoying a buffet of fresh seeds and suet pellets.

It’s such a long time since I practiced hand applique that I took time to read through the instructions in ‘the Best-Ever Applique Sampler’ book by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins (thank you to Laura for the recommendation). With the book open by my side I settled to stitching down the blue and yellow flower heads and the three hearts decorating the basket.

The finishing touch is to make five yo-yos/Suffolk Puffs to stitch in place along the top of the basket. I’m trying my hand at something new everyday!

Project 4: I’ve been excitedly awaiting the start of the English Country Garden QAL. The pattern for the first block, poppies, arrived in my email box on Monday. Alison Stothard has provided plenty of clear instructions in the pattern and via written and video tutorials on her website. I’ve been learning from these and today I glue basted some fabric templates whilst watching Alison’s regular Saturday morning live-stream programme on Twitch TV.

So quite a lot to be getting on with this weekend, what with finishing the top of the Basket of Blooms applique and preparing the shapes for the EPP QAL πŸ™‚

Here’s a selection of the blog posts that have caught my attention this past week. I do hope you find plenty of interest:

Rebecca shares in depth and with great clarity how to choose a quilting design for a quilt. Her post is directed at long arm quilters but just about all the information she shares can be applied whatever method of quilting is used.

The second of Leanne’s ‘Get to know…’ interviews is a good read. Her series is a great of fostering a sense of community around a shared love of quilting. This latest interview is with Sarah Craig of Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Allison’s blog posts are always as bright and appealing as her patchwork patterns. In this post she lets us into a secret – the less than perfect scene just out of camera shot! Sometimes its really a blessing to see for real what we all know – none of us is living in the perfection so often filling our screens! Allison also has a new table runner to share – it’s got a lovely Spring time vibe and I’m sure the block could be adapted to make a cute quilt…

JanineMarie’s found a great way to integrate multi-coloured scraps into the scrappy triangle blocks she’s making for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Very clever!

Such a helpful guest post on Suzy’s blog. Laura Hopper is a textile curator and shares 3 Best Tips in Fabric Storage. There’s plenty of detail and some myth-busting too, definitely worth a read if – ha!ha! -you have a stash of fabric to manage πŸ˜‰

If you need a dollop of inspiration to get you machine quilting then Christa Watson’s latest book could be just what you need! Christa shares details of ‘99 Machine Quilting Designs’ in her blog post. There are a mix of walking foot and free motion designs each with a diagram showing how to stitch repeats across a quilt. (The book is available in USA from Christa’s website or in UK from Amazon and bookshops!).

Yvonne and her husband are continuing to develop their relatively small new home into a workable space. The latest addition is a custom made ironing board with storage space below. There are some interesting space saving storage solutions in the comments at the end of Yvonne’s post too.

Angela has something very special to share – a completed Dear Jane patchwork. Many people have started this quilt, few have seen it through to completion! There are so many intricate blocks. I especially like the way Angela’s rainbow colour scheme gives a modern look to this very traditional design.

Here’s something different to try. Bobbi shares a tutorial for making little blocks that form a diamond with curved edges. The technique reminds me of Cathedral Windows but this is all done by machine. Difficult to describe so I’ll leave it to you to click on the link if I’ve made you curious!

Christa Watson has some more interesting tips in the third of her series ‘Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks‘.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia is keeping up with her quilting goals πŸ™‚

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (239)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and kindness generously provided by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. There are links to blog posts further down this page. Please do click on the links and leave comments on the pages you visit – those will be such an encouragement to the page owners πŸ™‚

Well! This isn’t a very inspiring photo is it?

Sadly it sums up my sewing activities this past week. I did press all the pink strips I sorted from my string scraps (using a Christmas gift – a wool pressing mat) but I haven’t yet lifted the cover off my sewing machine or done any of the hand applique I’d intended to resume. Instead I have filled the time fiddling around designing a table runner and listing quilts in my Etsy shop. I’ve also been out walking quite a lot despite the grey skies and low temperatures. In truth I think all the depressing news this week has stolen my sew-jo. I know I just need to ‘push through’ and get started. Maybe later today I’ll fire up Julie the Juki and we’ll bash out a few string blocks together πŸ™‚

How’s your sew-jo been this week?

A welcome occupation for me has been catching up on reading blog posts. I hope the links below prove inspiring and a welcome distraction from the relentless nature of this pandemic. Dive in πŸ™‚

Irish Chain patterns are very versatile. Allison Harris has stamped this one with her own style and it made a beautiful finish just in time for Christmas.

Leanne* is running a series of ‘Let’s Get to Know…’ interviews on her blog site. First up is HollyAnne Knight of String & Story. I hadn’t come across Holly-Anne before reading the interview. I’ll definitely be watching out for the monthly ‘Let’s Get to Know’ posts as a great way of well… getting to know more quilters from our Worldwide Community πŸ™‚ And Leanne has asked for suggestions for interviewees so why not put a few names her way?

Amy Friend ran a house block BOM last year. She has now provided the twelve house styles as individual paper pieced blocks in her shop. You may just find the perfect house to use in a quilt to remind you of home or to use in a new home gift quilt.

Christa Watson has just started a nine part series over on her blog. ‘Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks‘ is bound to be a great source of advice and inspiration πŸ™‚

I had to laugh in sympathy with Rebecca as she described the ins and outs of adjusting a quilt pattern and the complications that ensue when the project is put to one side for a while! Trying to remember all the changes and the recalculations re. fabric requirements etc. can be a bit like trying to solve an intricate plot line in a crime novel! But Rebecca’s done it and has her One Monthly Goal project up and running!

Several bloggers I follow make ‘temperature quilts’, recording the high and low temperatures for each day of the year by making simple colour-coded patchwork blocks that grow into a quilt. Patty has her 2020 Temperature quilt top finished and explains how she keeps the fabrics organised through the year.

Back to Leanne* who designs and makes terrific quilts. She’s a child-minder by day and this week she’s used her experiences of teaching little children to dress themselves as an illustration for her regular devotional post. There are no photos but her words have painted clear pictures in my mind πŸ™‚

Whilst playing catch-up with blog reading I found this gem… A blog post from Rachel posted al the way back on 11th December! It’s all about choosing fabrics for English Paper Piecing. Well worth a read especially as there are lots of example photos which really help to show how fussy cutting, colour, contrast and placement can affect the look of a block.

Jayne’s careful use of colour has created a really interesting quilt top from just two block designs – Churn Dash and Half Square Triangles. Definitely one to save to Pinterest!

Reading Bernie’s latest blog post over at Needle & Foot led me to a brand new link up called ‘Stitch Sew & Show 2021‘, hosted by Life in the Scrapatch. The link up runs from Wednesday to Tuesday and is described as follows, ‘This is a very informal party … no stress, no prizes, no finish needed. This is just a place to share what you are working on with others and enjoy their inspiration.Β Think of it as sitting at home while stitching with a group of friends.Β I have always enjoyed sharing with others and have received much kindness in return.Β This is a way for me to say thank you and to encourage others.’

Linking this post with Scrapatch for the first Stitch Sew & Show of 2021 and Alycia for Finished or Not Friday.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

A few plans and a word for 2021

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison ReidMy word for 2020 was GROW. It was an extension of LEARN, the word I chose a few years earlier and of 2019’s word COMMUNITY. During 2020 I did GROW patchwork skills: curved piecing through making the Dear Dottie quilt; improving my understanding of colour by following the Quilter’s Color Quest (both the pattern and the Quest were creations of Rachel Hauser of Stitched in Color); practising quilting; and learning hand turn applique. I also got my GROW on in other ways: more teaching; working at Purple Stitches (even being left for a few hours alone in the shop! That was scary but I did it!); grappling with technology – I’d have to say GROWth was rather patchy in this area – but I did manage to draw a quilt in Adobe Illustrator… and *most of the time* work the electronic till in the shop!

My word for 2021 is SHARE. I had a brain-storming session around everything New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting: this blog, the Facebook and Instagram pages, planning and teaching workshops, writing Sunrise Patchwork Patterns, selling on ETSY. It didn’t take too long for me to drill down to my WHY? Answer: The motivation that drives all these activities is the pleasure patchwork quilting brings me and the great satisfaction I gain from being with other patchwork quilters – online or in person – sharing skills and seeing creativity flourish.

I’ll be sticking with Saturday Quilting Bring & Share blog posts as they are an obvious place for sharing to happen – a weekly collection of clickable links to the inspiration provided by so many amazing quilty bloggers.

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